Why the card game Hanabi is the next big hurdle for Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence has mastered some of the world's most complex games, beating top players at chess, Go and even StarCraft II, a real-time strategy computer game. But where AI stumbles is in cracking some of the seemingly simple games, the ones that require an ability to communicate and collaborate. … Julian Togelius, an associate professor at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] who studies AI and games, says games like Hanabi are fertile ground for innovation. "Game design as it has progressed is an ongoing mapping of human intellectual ability," he says. "If there is a form of intelligence, then someone will at some point design a game that exercises that intelligence."